Alexandra Petri, editorial writer for The Washington Post, talks about referendum results around the country, from Prop 19 in California to a state name-change initiative in Rhode Island.
There actually WAS a US judge who tried to use Sharia law this year in the context of a domestic relations case. But no one reported it except for Fox:
"A New Jersey family court judge's decision not to grant a restraining order to a woman who was sexually abused by her Moroccan husband and forced repeatedly to have sex with him is sounding the alarm for advocates of laws designed to ban Shariah in America.
"Judge Joseph Charles, in denying the restraining order to the woman after her divorce, ruled that her ex-husband felt he had behaved according to his Muslim beliefs -- and that he did not have 'criminal desire to or intent to sexually assault' his wife."
The problem with referendums (referenda?) IMHO is that we typically have low turnout and even lower comprehension of the issues at stake.
Illinoisans yesterday voted for the power to recall a governor (this in the wake of the Blagojevich mess), but the process they voted for is so convoluted that a governor would likely be up for re-election before a recall vote could be held and the state already has the power to impeach a governor.
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